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  THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC is back and on the tee this week at TPC DEER RUN in Silvis Illinois, near the Quad Cities of Western Illinois. An easydrive from the Chicago area. Especially the Western Suburbs. Ticket are available for all days. On the grounds.

The 49th Quad Cities John Deere Classic

Defending Champion Michael Kim is back to try an defend his 2018 John Deere Classic title.

Kim’s game has taken a turn in recent months, after his 27 under par win last July. He has missed 18 consecutive cuts on tour and looks to break out of his slump.

Michael kim with himself in the bobblehead form at media day in May.

The field has a younger look this year, with of the new,young heavy hitters in the field. Including Matthew Wolff who won last weeks 3M Classic in Minnesota.

John Deere Classic board member Zach Johnson, and past champion heads up the veteran list in the field

3-time champion Steve Stricker is off on the PGA Champions Tour this week, and ended his run at the championship for now. He could return next year for the 50th anniversary of the championship.

Two-time winner Jordan Spieth decided at the last minute to skip this years championship, inspite of needing a win. Chicago area native Kevin Streelman was expected to play, but when he found out on Monday he mad it into next weeks Open Championship field. He WD’d and headed over-seas early.

Former No.1 and Northwestern University grad Luke Donald is in the field, and looking to regain his form on tour. Donald is playing on a mediacal exmeption this year, after suffering through a back injury last season. From the University of Illinois side, Scott Langley is in the field, and he is joined by Dylan Meyer who made it in, after shooting 65 at Pinnacle CC, during the JDC’s Monday 4-spot qualifier.

Former champions include Brian Harmon and Ryan Moore, Jonathan Byrd and John Senden. Former Fed Ex Cup Champion Bill Hass returns for the first time in 15 years.

Some of the other young talent includes 2018 US-Am Champion Vicktor Hovland and All-American in multple years Collin Morikawa from Cal-Berkley.

The John Deere Classic is always a great week of golf. Come out to the tournament, you will be glad you did.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.